Iíve been reading this forum for years. I actually believe Iím addicted to it. This is my first thread, wish me luck.
I read soooo many posts that basically complain about hills, wind, bike weight, basically complaining about obstacles. These are obstacles to riding, but tools to change and improvement. As a former high school and college athlete I want to applaud you, and try to convince you that obstacles are what you HUNT, what you SEARCH FOR, what you BEG FOR. Obstacles give you the opportunity to improve, to improve daily. The willingness to embrace obstacles is the very definition of being athletic. Every athlete running stairs, lifting weights, etc. could sit and complain. Instead, the real athletes have mastered their own minds into convincing themselves that the task at hand is what will make them better. Most are competition junkies, but the competition is within themselves.
While we have many challenges to overcome; diet, a sedentary life style, etc. As we overcome the mental challenge we are becoming athletic. We are becoming empowered to take on the physical challenges we have. I love to read about the guys/gals that finally get it. They start riding single digit miles. A year later they are riding multi digit miles. Two years later they are riding centuries, doing marathons / triathlons. No matter what they were in past life, they are now serious athletes. Iím envious because most of these folks kick my butt in centuries, marathons, etc. because my knees/ankles/ shoulders are shot.
If you live in a particularly hilly area, feel lucky, you can achieve a serious workout much easier and quicker than the person who has to ride huge miles on flat land to get the same workout. YOU ARE LUCKY to live where you do. If you have wind you can ride in daily, feel lucky, you have an advantage over the flatlander with ideal riding conditions.
Go Team Clyde, get better every day.